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Splashback, Urinals and the COVID Connection
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that coronavirus can spread in an infected person's urine.
Referred to as "viral shedding," this means if traces of contaminated urine become aerosolized and inhaled, the disease can infect others in the restroom.
The setting in which this is most likely to happen is around urinals.
"The reason it is such a problem around urinals is due to the flushing of a traditional urinal and 'splashback,'" says Klaus Reichardt, CEO, and Founder of Waterless Co., Inc.
To help prevent this and protect health, Reichardt suggests building managers do the following:
* Increase urinal cleaning frequencies, "and make sure all surfaces surrounding the urinals are cleaned and disinfected."
* Block off every two urinals so there is more distance between urinal users
* If possible, reduce water flow rates; this will help reduce the pressure of the flush
* Have posters made encouraging men to urinate at a 90-degree angle. "Urinating in the water (at the base of the urinal) causes the most splatter and aerosolization."
* Gentleman might consider sitting instead of standing; the stream is five times faster when standing at a urinal than when sitting in a toilet.
* Install waterless urinals; because there is no flush of water, aerosolization is substantially eliminated.
* Use a paper towel to touch the flush handle
* To foster social distancing, place distancing markers on the floor behind the urinals.
* Place mats under urinals to absorb splatter and change them frequently
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